Saturday, 26 September 2015

Seventies- Take Two


TK Maxx dress, Marks & Spencer gilet, Harley Davidson boots, Guess bag.
A little off the shoulder action, from a high street favourite.
This dress was a last minute purchase for a Summer trip that needed a swim suit cover up about three to four years ago. Although it might not be the most flattering cut, (Hey, billowing waist/hip region creating the biggest belly of my life) the silk print fabric is so pretty that it warrants being permanently on rotation. It can be worn over a bikini, or nude slip during the summer; a black slip and ankle boots during the Autumn; and over a turtleneck, jeans and boot combination during the winter. Today, I added a reversible gilet (from the children's section of M&S many a year ago), to try to keep up with this crazy weather.

Not usually one for a canvas bag, but this Guess shopper bag has been my go-to bag for the last couple of weeks and it might have changed my mind for good. Hands up who buys leather bags because they're pretty, and durable! Now, hands up who has scuffed their precious leather bags with everyday wear and tear! If you raised your hand to the latter, then know that you are not alone. I've been using sturdy leather bags for as long as I can remember, there's something about the an almost sharp, rigid shape that you can't get out of any other fabric. But say you're going to an impromptu picnic, or running from show to show and need to stash some secret flats, or just need an extra bag that is lightweight and can be folded up when you're done with it, so it doesn't take up too much space.

Now imagine fitting Mary Poppins' handbag contents in one place, and that's what you get with a canvas bag. Want a more durable option? Shop around for a coated canvas bag. I really like this LK Bennett Marla Tote (on sale at £145) which is similar to the one I'm wearing today. But some other ones I've got my eye on are this brown metallic finish bag by MCM at £506.62, or the 1A Classe bag by Alviero Martini at £320.
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